The GÖKTÜRK-2 Program has been funded by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) and conducted by the Turkish Aerospace & TUBITAK Space team under the coordination of Ministry of National Defense between 2007-2012.

The GÖKTÜRK-2 System and mission have been indigenously designed by Turkish engineers. In the framework of the Project, Turkish Aerospace has performed the following activities regarding the GÖKTÜRK-2 Satellite;

-       Structural System design, analysis, manufacturing and test

-       Thermal Control System design, analysis, integration and test

-       Attitude and Orbit Control System design, integration and test

-       System accommodation design

-       Harness design, manufacturing and test

-       Attitude and Orbit Control interface unit design, manufacturing, qualification, integration and test

-       Assembly of all Satellite Models (* 1SQM, 2QM, 3FM)

-       Mass properties measurement of all Satellite Models (SQM, QM, FM) at TAI AIT Facilities

-       Structural tests (static, vibration, acoustic) of all Satellite Models (SQM, QM, FM)

-       Commissioning of the Thermal Vacuum Chamber (TVC) established at TAI AIT Facilities

-       Thermal tests of the Satellite Qualification Model and Flight Model (at TAI TVC)

-       Alignment measurements of the Satellite Models (QM, FM)

-       Deployment tests of Solar Panels for the Satellite Models (QM, FM)

-       Management of Satellite and Launch Vehicle compatibility

-       Separation test of the Satellite (QM)

-       Satellite FM integration and functional tests

-       Integrated Logistics Support

-       Indigenous development of thermal analysis software



Turkey's first High Resolution Remote Sensing Satellite GÖKTÜRK-2 has been transported from Turkish Aerospace (Ankara) to Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on November 23, 2012 and launched on December 18, 2012 from Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center, China with a LM-2D Launcher. The first signal from GÖKTÜRK-2 has been received at 17:39 (UTC) in the Tromsø Satellite Station, northern Norway. After the completion of the early orbit phase, the images taken by GÖKTÜRK-2 have been received by the ground station in Ankara.

As of December 2018, 2013; GÖKTÜRK-2 completed it's 6th year in space with more than 30.000 passes. The satellite is still under the operation of Turkish Air Forces from Ankara/Turkey Ground Station.

Technical Specifications of the GÖKTÜRK-2 Satellite :


 Sun Synchronous


 ~ 700 km


 ~ 98 minutes

Daily Ground Station Contact

 ~ 40 minutes (day + night)


 Global Coverage 

Revisit Time

 Average 2,5 days 


 < 409 kg.

Image Storage Capacity

 8 GB + 32 GB (scientific)     

Resolution (PAN)

 2,5 m

Resolution (MS)

 5,0 m 

Life Time 

 5 year 

 1 SQM: Structural Qualification Model, 2 QM: Qualification Model, 3 FM: Flight Model


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